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Eighty-one years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

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Ward candidates,

Bob Foster-Republican

expound on city growth,

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mich.

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housing,

drugs

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 1972

NIGHT EDITOR: GENE ROBINSON

Jerry De Grieck-HRP

...

Black housing deired

A SINGLE WORD has scared the Re-
gents. Their outright rejection of a
proposed multi-racial Afro-American
Housing unit for South Quad speaks di-
rectly to their bald fear of segregation -
Snow must go
AL'HOUGH spring officially arrived
over a week ago, Ann Arbor citizens
were yesterday subjected to the indignity
of a snowstorm.
A snowstorm at the end of March is in-
tolerable. It is a situation which outrages
all standards of human decency.
Those responsible for yesterday's foul
weather must stop these activities imme-
diately. If such actions continue, the cul-
prits must be brought to account for their
malicious behavior.
-THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Editorial Staff
ALAN LENHOFF
Editor
SARA FITZGERALD ............... Managing Editor
TAMMY JACOBS................Editorial Director
CARLA RAPOPORT................Executive Editor
ROBERT SOHREINER.................News Editor
ROSE SUE BERSTEIN ...............Feature Editor
DAT BAUER...........Associate Managing Editor
LINDSAY _CHANEY.......... . .Editorial Page Editor
MARK DILLEN.............. Editorial Page Editor
ARTHUR LERNER............Editorial Page Editor
PAUL TRAVIS ............... .. .... Arts Editor
GLORIA JANE SMITH........Associate Arts Editor
JONATHAN MILLER........Special Features Editor

and their utter inability to deal with the
needs of minority students,
In their official statement, the Re-
gents said they recognized the "serious
academic, counselling, and living prob--
lems of minorities on campus." They then
charged President Robben Fleming to
work with other administrators, and
those he deems "desirable," to prepare
programs for next fall which will "cope"
with these problems.
The Regents should realize that a com-
mittee to investigate the "academic,
counselling, and living problems of mi-
norities on campus," was already formed
by Fleming last August. But it has been
rendered disfunctional by the resigna-
tions and non-interest of nearly every
student, faculty, and administrative
member.
The former members of this commit-
tee say they quit from "frustration" at
not being able to get anything done, at
not getting proper support from the ad-
ministration.
Thus, in a stunning example of Re-
gental paper shuffling, the board set-up
another "task force" to investigate the
problems of minorities.
Black students had worked with ad-
ministrators for over six months on this
proposal, carefully documenting their
problems and needs. These students, any
students, deserve more than a paranoic
rejection.

REPRESENT a community
you have to do a lot more
than vote and speak at city coun-
cil meetings. The Human Rights
Party believes a council member
must actively find out how the
community feels about issues, ac-
tively involve people at all levels
of decision making and mobilize
people around proposals that af-
fect their lives. Democrats and
Republicans have not only failed
to take this active role but have
also consistently ignored the inter-
ests of tennts, low-income and
working people, the young and
minorities.
City council has shown where its
priorities lie. While city services
are below an adequate minimum,
increases in revenue are blindly
handed over to a police depart-
ment that city council, let alone
the community, doesn't even con-
trol.
Police waste their time busting
people for victimless crimes like
drug use, loitering, curfew a n d
parking violations. Harrassment
continues especially if you a r e
black or young and there are no
adequate grievance procedures.
Police must concentrate on fight-
ing crimes that really hurt people
like robbery and rape.
The Human Rights Party will
push for community controlled
public services. That means drug
help and education programs in-
cluding giving heroin to addicts
so that they won't cause a. great
deal of violent crime in t h i s
town to support their habit. 1
That means health and child-'
care centers controlled by the peo-
ple who use and work at those
centers; not controlled by bureau-
cratic and distant appointed'
boards. And that means a com-
prehensive transportation p 1 a n
so that cars don't continue to
choke and pollute especially the

residential areas of the city.
HRP WILL ALSO push for a
steeply graduated!income tax with
high personal exemptions. A n n
Arbor must join with other cam-
munities to mount a massive poli-
tical campaign to remove state re-
strictions on such a tax.
City council has ignored the in-
terests of tenants. Low-income
people who work in the city are
often forced to live outside Ann
Arbor because of the tight hous-
ing situation, high -ents. and lack
of low-cost public housing. Land-
lords have been allowed to raise
their rents in violation of the rent
freeze while city council holds
closed meetings with landlords.
Housing conditions continue to de-
teriorate because the housing code
is weak, the inspection team is un-
derstaffed and penalties on land-
lords are ridiculously low.
HRP has a complete housing
program including establishing an
elected tenant-controlled p o 1 i c y
board to enforce rent control and
a strict housing code, more low-
cost housing controlled by tenants
without exploitation by landlords
and government and management

agencies, and using the city at-.
torney to protect tenants from ar-
bitrary evictions.
HRP IS AN OPEN and demo-
cratic political party where all
people are invited to participate in
decision making. I worked within
the Democratic party for 10 years
and during that time learned that
it will never bring about the ne-
cessary changes in our society.
Democrats pay little more than lip
service to the interests of work-
ing people and minorities.
The city's anti-strike breaking
ordinance only prohibits non-exist-
ent 'organized' strike breaking and
it didn't even prevent the Ann
Arbor police from helping t h e
Bendix Corp. harass strikers at
its Buhr plant. HRP would enact
ordinances against all strikebreak-
ing with penalties and enforce-
ment powers, as well as against
discrimination in employment and
housing on the basisi of race, sex,
sexual preference, marital or stu-
dent status.
Over the past four years I have
been very active in the political
life of Ann Arbor and the Univer-
sity. I have been involved in ac-
tivities incluuding strike support,
the anti-war movement, the Black
Action Movement strike and the
tenants union. I am a forme r ex-
ecutive vice-president and past
member of Student Government
Council, Office of Student Services
Police Board, housing Policy Com-
mittee and University Council.
I have been active with t h e
Human Rights Party since its be-
ginning and HRP and I reject the
passive role that city council
members have traditionally taken.
Also, vote no on the Ashley-First
bypass; the community affected
doesn't want it. Don't give in to
downtown merchants.

THECENTRAL question in this
year's City' Council electon is
whether we 'can keep Ann Ar-
bor from becoming a .inediocre
city - from spending itself bank-
rupt, from 'growing till it- suffers
the ugyly urban sprawl of o many
American. cities, from. letting our
people become split apart along
political, racial, age or - cultural
lines, from letting out central city
deteriorate from neglect, xrom pol-
luting our environment and over-
taxing city services.
Here's where I stand on same of
the key issues in this election as-
I see them:
GROWTH: Ann Arbor has grown
too fast. We've developed and an-
nexed helter-skelter and we're be-
ginning to pay. the price in overtax-
ed city services. Growth must stop;
until we have a workable pAn
to accommodate it. On a larger:
scale, city officials have a respon-
sibility to take posiitons on the
basic question of population
growth. I support liberalize abor-
tion laws.
THE ENVIRONMENT: Nearly
everything we do in city govern-
ment has environmental conse-
quence. For example, we have per-
mitted too rapid growth and have
overtaxed our sewage treatment
plant, thus endangering the Hur-
on River.
I propose esablishment of a city
environmental affairs commission
to review all proposed major gov-
ernmental actions for their impact
on our environment. I also support
a local ban on throwaway cans
and bottles.
STUDENT AND UNIVERSITY
RELATIONS: I welcome the inter-
est of student voters in local gov-
ernment. It is a healthy mani-
festation of an inescapable fact
of Ann Arbor life - the destinies
of the city and the university
are intertwined, not just as in-
stitutions but as people,
This relationship demands con-
stant attention - not merely by
way of reaction when problems
come up, but through ongoing ac-
tivities of a student-university re-

lations commission, with strong
student representation. If elected I
will , propose such a commission.
Young people should also he ap-
pointed to the city's other boards
and commissions.
DRUGS: As an attorney I sup-
ported reduced penalties for pos-
session of marijuana. Hard drugs
are of course a much more serious
problem and should get priority
from a law enforcement stand-
point. We must provide d.rug edu-
cation and treatment.
In this connection, I support
Rep. Ray Smit's House Bill 6000
which would provide for a state
supported network of drug treat-
ment and rehabilitation centers.
DAY CARE CENTERS: The
city provides limited financial sup-
port for a day care center at First
Presbyterian Church. I support
this kind of leadership and in-
volvement. But -here too it is im-
perative to recognize that our re-
sources are severely limited.
The challenge is to maximize
the possible effect of these re-
sources - not, as my Democratic
opponent does, to bemoan +he .imi-
tations and look for more money.
INCOME TAX: I oppose a local
income tax, and will continue to
do so until- likely changes in state
and federal tax structures h-a v e
been completed. Of particular con-
cern in this rogard is the plight
of apartment dwellers - who will
gain no property tax relief in re-
turn for the addition of an in-
come tax.
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMIENT:
The downtown area is the heart
of our city. Along with many com-
munity groups, including the Ecol-
ogy Center, I believe a necessary
first step to its revitalization is
approval of the .16 mill bond is-
sue to complete the Ashley-First
Bypass.
I am a local attorney having
been graduated from the Univer-
sity of Michigan Law School and
am a member of the State and
local Bar Associations, as well as
the American Arbitration Associa-
tion.

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John Kirscht-De mocrat

-CARLA RAPOPORT
Executive Editor

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To The Daily:
THE HUMAN Rights Party, in
its eagerness to establish itself
as a viable new party, has taken
some libertieswith the truth in its
Daily ad of March 24.
The Ann Arbor Democratic Par-
ty's efforts to register students
and other voters has not dimin-
ished "with the growth of HRP",
as the Human Rights Party charg-
ed. The local Democratic Party
has long worked to expand voting
rights, especially to young voters
and to students and other mobile
voters.
The recent Michigan Supreme.
Court decision which gave stu-
dents the right to vote where they
go to school was initiated by Ann
Arbor Democrats on behalf of
Democratic students, and was paid
for by money raised primarily by
local Democrats.
Since the Supreme Court deci-
sion, Democratic Party volunteers
have worked even more vigorous-
ty to help those who are eligible,
to register to vote. Over forty
Democratic volunteer deputy re-
gistrars, have worked in recent
weeks to register voters door-to-
door; one of these volunteers regis-
tered over 400 voters, and another
registered over 250.
HRP further charges that it

"had to FORCE Democratic City
Clerk Harold Saunders to permit
expanded voter registration." Un-
der our present manager-city coun-
cil form of city government, t h e
City Clerk is directly responsible
to the City Administrator and not
to the Democratic Party.
Since Republicans control City
Council, persuasion rather than
force was the only method avail-
able for urging the Clerk to ex-
pand registration procedures to
the present door-to-door system.
Many persons, from both the
Democratic Party and from HRP,
wanted to see these changes made;
it was for this reason that Demo-
cratic City Council members in
December introduced a resolu-
tion directing the City Clerk to
allow door-to-door voter registra-
tion.
It would be helpful to all of us
if the HRP 'would contribute con-
structively to the discussion of the
issues in this campaign.
--Carol Rees, Chairman
Ann Arbor Democratic
Party
March 27
SGC now
To The Daily:
SINCE THE closing of polls in
the recent SGC election, The
Daily has published quite a few

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news stories and editorials about
alleged fraud in those elections.
No one will deny that the people
have a right to know of formal
allegations of dishonesty.
Yet, the people also have a right
to hear responses to these allega-
tions as well as the results of ju-
dicial consideration of these alle-
gations.
On Saturday, March 25, .,the
Credentials and Rules Board
(C&R is the body which has pri-
mary jurisdiction over all elec-
tion disputes) heard six separate
charges, and dismissed all of them.
Most dismissals were on the
grounds of insufficient evidence.
It should be noted that among.
those charges dismissed for insuf-
ficient e v i d e n c e were those
brought by Joel Silverstein ask-
ing the Elections Director to sub-
mit to a polygraph-lie detector
test, the results of which are no
longer admissible evidence in any
court in the United States due to
their great fallibility.
Some of the above decisions
were appealed to SGC and were
heard on Monday, March .27.
These cases were again dismissed
though there will be appeal to
Central Student Judiciary.
Again, it should be noted that
when Joel Silverstein and his as-p
sociates were asked by Curt Stein-
hauer (member-at-large, Respon-
sible Alternative Party) to produce
their evidence, they refused..
The similarity between these
tactics and those of Senator Jo-
seph McCarthy's "I have here in
my hand . . ." was painfully ob-
vious to all present, and allows
one to place most of these charges
into a proper perspective.
As The Daily states. this past
campaign probably ranks among
the ugliest in SGC history. My
party (GROUP) and other parties
were repeatedly subjected to var-
ious forms of harassment.
In the view of myself and oth-
ers, this additional barrage of un-.
founded charges and allegations is
merely a continuation of the cam-
paign tactics.
Just as these tactics were inap-
propriate during the campaign,
they are completely inappropriate
now. Indeed, smear tactics are
never appropriate.
The people have made their
choices, and the election has been
won and lost according to those
choices. The time has come fora
reconciliation and "burying of the
hatchet."
Student Government Council
presently has a number of import-
ant projects and goals that must
be implemented, such as the gro-
cery cnonerative. the Ieza l dvo-

N THE PAST two years, t h e
. Democrats on City Council
have faced a :series of critical is-
sues, including severe budget con-
straints, growth problems, human
concerns about equity and partici-
pation in the community, protec-
tion of the environment.
In spite of a' Republican major-
ity for a year and in spite of the
discouraging financial picture, we
have successfully achieved a wide
range of goals.. These include a
healthy city bus system (a prime
target for Republican budget cuts)
and a Dial-a-Ride demonstration
project.-
Extra service in the Model Cit-
ies area hias been implemented
through their transportation pro-
gram. Our plan is development of
alternatives to the priyate auto-
mobile, reflected as well in a start
on a bike path network and walk-
ways.
The public housing program has
gone forward in spite of problems:
the new high rise on. Miller for
the elderly and handicapped is
now open and scattered site single
family units are under construe-
tion. Code enforcement, the city',s
major program in -housing;' has
resulted in renewal of many. old-
er units; wider coverage by the
concentrated code - enforcement
program now appears possible.
Park acquisition, with inner city
parks as major priority, has been
actively promoted by Democrats.
In spite of the budget, Demo-
crats have implemented hiring of
minority group employes at city
hall. They have worked for better
police-community relationships, re-
flected in many ways ; including
grants for police training, a city
grievance office, and extensive re-
vision to the city disorderly con-
duct code. Funds for Ozone House
and for the Ann Arbor Child Care
Center were wrung out of this
year's dollars.
More has. been done to make
city planning a'reality in the past
two years than. ever before. Demo-
crats led the fight to retain a° city
sign ordinance and prohibit bill-
boards. The requirements put on
'developers for school. planning,
walkways, soil control, open space
dedication, and units for p u b l i c
housing have all comeabout in the
very recent past.
Greatly increased citizen partici
pation in the planning, process in-

cjicates some success.
THESE ARE NOT reasqns for
complacency, but positive steps
toward goals. In next- year's bud-
get, the critical task of keeping
important programs must be fac-
ed. We will find ways to maintain
the things we worked to start.
Again, in the past year or so,
there has been extensive commun-
ity debate and discussion, p I u a
actions by council, on' many im-
portant issues. The controversy
over Briarwood and over city
growth generated Intense discus-
sion. Packard-Beakes (Ashley-
First) has been an issue for two
years. So also sites for low incolne
housing, emergency housing funds,
the city buses.
Democrats on Council and many
citizens participated. I wonder
where those now professing such
vital concern have been.
'Election time evokes expres-
sions of great involvement in the
community, but where were all
those fair-weather friends when
the community needed more than
pieces of paper, promissory notes?
People who care, work. 'My re-
cord on. working ,12 months out of
the year is there for anyone who
wants to see it.
The Editorial Page of The
Michigan Daily is open to any-
one who wishes to submit
articles. Generally speaking, all
articles should be less than
1,000 words.

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--PETE HAMILL

Humphrey:

Worn-out

hypocrte

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"Only the Vietcong has committed atroci-
ties An Vietnam" -Vice-President Hubert
Humphrey,,1965. "I keep vigorous by living
clean and thinling dirty." - Presidential
candidate Humphrey, 1972.
HE IS RUNNING around Wisconsin
now, a free man, the dyed hair shin-
Ing for the -cameras, the slick suits mak-
ing him look younger than 61, the re-
porters acting as if he were just ano-
ther good fella, just another one of
the boys, just another pol.
But this is Hubert Humphrey, who
once said of himself: "I'm Lyndon
Johnson's Eleanor Roosevelt." This is
a man who was part of the whole dis-
mal package that sent 53,000 Ameri-
can men out to die in the swamps of
Asia, the crowd that wrecked the cities
of America by sending our fortunes to
every tinhorn dictator on the earth, the
gang that laughed and smiled a n d
walked in the sunshine when it was all
over, while the Berrigans went to jail
and the kids went into drugs or silence

is a serious candidate for the Presi-
dency of the United States? He served
as Johnson's flunkie and the war's
cheerleader.
Humphrey always had one great, noble
choice to make during his years of
craven servility to Johnson: he could
have resigned. It has happened in Eur-
opean countries when ministers have
found themselves in conflict with the
head of state. If he had done so,
Humphrey would have emerged as a
hero, the man of principle who sacri-
ficed a shot at the throne for the honor
of his country.
He almost certainly would nave won
the Democratic nomination in 1968, and
he might have brought a much earlier
end to the war. But Humphrey never
had the guts for that. He described the
President - Vice President relationship
as "marriage with no divorce" and him-
self as the "wife."
Reporter Robert Sherrill is one of
those who has ninte1rmii the cPm.i1

Kennedys and what happened to him
in West Virginia in 1960; there are some
who feel that the Kennedy style and
money ran right over Humphrey's rath-
er thin principles, and that afterwards
there would be no meal he would not
eat if the dessert promised power.
"I'm not glamorous per se," he said.
"I'm not young; I'm not old. I'm like
the girl next door - always available
but you don't necessarily think of mar-
riage."
There were times in the early days
in the Senate when Humphrey sounded
like an eloquent champion of civil rights.
But this was never entirely true. In
Minnesota, he was the great red-baiter
of the Farmer-Labor Party, driving
out the radicals who had been the cut-
ting edge of that very special Ameri-
can political party.
He was a strikebreaker during his per-
iod as Mayor of Minneapolis, and he
was always tight with the big money

The partial list of contributors to his
current campaign shows that he is still
closely tied to big business, a fact that
some people first discovered during the
1968 campaign.
Richard Harris of New Yorker re-
cently examined one example of how
the Humphrey people disguised t h e i r
money. . . . Lew R. Wasserman, pres-
ident of the Music Corp. of America and
John (Jake the Barber) Factor, a form-
er convict turned philanthropist, each
gave Vice-President Humphrey m o r e
than a quarter of a million dollars in
1968 through such dummy committees
as Jewelers for Humphrey-Muskie (the
jewelers gave $44 and the two men
gave $5000 apiece) and Sports Stars for
Humphrey-Muskie (the stars gave $38
and the two men gave $5000 apiece.)
Jake the Barber and Wassenman are
on the 1972 list, so there isn't much hope
for a new Humphrey. The same guys
still own him.
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